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Ground-water-quality assessment of the Delmarva Peninsula, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia; project description

January 1, 1994

In April 1986, the U.S. Geological Survey began a pilot program to assess the quality of the Nation 's surface water and groundwater resources. This National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program is designed to acquire and interpret information about a wide range of water quality issues. Three groundwater pilot projects have been started, including the project on the Delmarva Peninsula, which covers eastern Maryland and Virginia and most of Delaware. The objectives of the Delmarva project are to: (1) investigate regional groundwater quality on the Delmarva Peninsula, emphasizing a description of the occurrence of trace elements and manmade organic compounds; (2) relate groundwater quality to land use and geohydrologic conditions; and (3) provide a general description of the location, nature, and possible causes of selected water quality problems prevalent in the study area. The shallow aquifer system and the deeper aquifers used for public water supply will be addressed. The shallow aquifer system in the Delmarva Peninsula consists of permeable unconsolidated sand and gravel. Flow systems are localized and small-scale. Farming is common on the peninsula, and the migration of agricultural chemicals to the groundwater system is a local water quality concern. To assess the water quality of the groundwater resources, a regional survey for a wide range of constituents will be conducted in all of the pilot projects to provide a representative sample of groundwater analyses for a national assessment of groundwater quality. Results of this survey may be used as a baseline to monitor future water quality trends. (Lantz-PTT)

Citation Information

Publication Year 1987
Title Ground-water-quality assessment of the Delmarva Peninsula, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia; project description
DOI 10.3133/ofr87112
Authors L. J. Bachman, R. J. Shedlock, P. J. Phillips
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 87-112
Index ID ofr87112
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse